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Suspected burglar says he needed cash to pay pot fines

Police allege he tried to smash market door

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man allegedly told police that he tried breaking into a neighborhood market because he needed to cash to pay his court fines.

Allentown police charged Edwin J. Cuadrado in connection to an attempted break-in at Heresh’s Market early Monday morning in the 100 block of South 17th Street. District Judge Rod Beck arraigned the 20-year-old, setting bail at $40,000.

Police were dispatched to the market at 129 S. 17th Street shortly before 6 a.m. Monday after someone reported that a person wearing dark clothes was trying to break in through the front door. An arriving officer spotted Cuadrado walking west on Union Street from 17th Street, a short distance from Heresh’s.

Authorities said Cuadrado was wearing a black coat, dark pants, black sneakers, a black head covering and gloves, despite temperatures in the low 60s, according to court records.

Investigators said the market’s glass front door was partially smashed near the lock, the door handle was bent and a chunk of concrete was found near the door.

A pair of witnesses told police they saw a man repeatedly throwing something against the front door and walking away before returning and continuing his assault on the lock. They both identified Cuadrado as the rock-throwing burglar.

Cuadrado, of South St. Cloud Street, allegedly admitted during an interview with police that he smashed the window and tried to pull open the door. He told police he needed cash to pay off his fines related to marijuana possession charge.

Now Cuadrado faces burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief charges. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 24.

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